Initial Descent: October 16 – 22, 2016

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Khemmis – photo courtesy of Travis Heacock

Seems like we’ve been saying this every week and here we are saying it again; it’s another big week here on Initial Descent. And with the vitriol spewing from every corner of the globe and wariness of the status quo, it’s comforting to know we have metal to shut the world out and get lost in. On that note, this week we have the absolutely huge second full length, Hunted, from Denver’s doom sensations Khemmis (if Absolution was your jam, this one will blow your mind). Also, death metal vets Obituary return with a pair of new songs and several live fan favorites on Ten Thousand Ways To Die. Seputus, featuring three members of Pyrrhon, release their thickly woven and intense death metal debut Man Does Not GiveAnagnorisis give us an emotionally heavy black metal album on Peripeteia, and Auroch offer up their dynamically technical brand of death metal on Mute Books. Already more than an ear full of new releases to sink your teeth into and we’re just getting started. So dive in, after the jump. Continue reading

Concert Review: Migration Fest, Part 3

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Alright, I think I’m finally done dragging my coverage of Migration Fest out. But can you really blame me? It was an incredible weekend in an incredible area of the country all centered around a collection of bands I just assumed I would never see live at any point in my life. Yet, Gilead Media and 20 Buck Spin made it happen. There’s no doubt that Saturday was the highlight day of this particular festival, and I’ll tell you right off the bat that nothing from Sunday bettered the performance of Panopticon the night before. But I would also be lying to you if I said Sunday wasn’t also anything short of amazing. While the festival was on the way out on the calendar, you would never know that from the performances. One more time… let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

Album Review: Auroch – “From Forgotten Worlds” (Reissue)

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Vancouver’s Auroch (members of Mitochondrion) are finally getting a vinyl release for their 2012 blackened death metal full-length debut From Forgotten Worlds. Originally released with some moderate buzz, From Forgotten Worlds was the first full-length following a number of demos, splits, and EPs that were released between 2008 and 2010. The album has been remixed for a vinyl with a cleaner and more polished sound than the original release. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 11, 2016

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I’m starting this off with a picture of Germany’s Accuser, because there’s not a TON else coming out today — and I’m sure as hell not about to lead with a picture of Killswitch Engage. Who, yes, still exist and who, yes, are also dropping a new album today. Oh well. We’ve also got a new split from Panopticon and Waldgefluster, as well as a reissue from Auroch, so get ready to dig your teeth in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 11:
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Nine Circles Ov… February 2016

Photo courtesy of our Dæmoness of Design, Jaci Raia. For more of her beautiful work follow her on Instagram.

It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading